- Mark Gokavi Staff Writer
Law enforcement offficials raided the Harem strip club in Harrison Twp. on Sept. 28, and 11 people eventually were indicted.
The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office also filed a civil case to shut the club down for a year and won. Meanwhile, the criminal cases are making their way through the courts.
Three defendants have been granted intervention without conviction (ILC) by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine over the objections of prosecutors.
They include Sarah Barnes, who was granted ILC on Tuesday. Kayla Olivia Hatton and Anna Barnes both previously were granted ILC, according to court records.
Here’s where the cases stand against the defendants in The Harem prosecution:
Sarah Barnes: Charged with illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business and marijuana trafficking. She was granted ILC on Tuesday.
Samantha Clay: Facing 33 counts, including trafficking in heroin and cocaine, illegal use of food stamps, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business, Clay has not yet had a trial date scheduled.
Samantha Childers: Facing 15 counts similar to Clay, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13.
Kayla Olivia Hatton: Hatton was granted ILC by Blaine, over the objections of prosecutors. “She sold cocaine and marijuana to undercover Ohio Investigative Unit agents on three separate occasions,” assistant prosecutor Kelly Madzy wrote, noting a pattern of criminal activity. “The State objects to ‘ILC’ in this case due to the nature of the offense.”
Anna Barnes: Like Hatton, Barnes was granted ILC while facing two counts each of marijuana trafficking and illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business. Madzey made the same objections to Barnes’ ILC.
Melvin Bibbs: Facing four counts of trafficking in marijuana, Bibbs also has filed for ILC and his attorney noted Bibbs has had no prior felonies. An appearance for the ILC report is scheduled for Dec. 12.
Vanessa (Schrider) Graham: Graham’s attorney filed for ILC, but Graham is scheduled for a Jan. 22, 2018 trial on two counts of illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
Ryan Perry: Perry is scheduled for a Jan. 22, 2018 trial on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
Ciera Chastain: Facing three counts of illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business and one count of trafficking in cocaine. Chastain’s attorney has filed for ILC, citing that drug or alcohol use and/or mental illness were the reasons for her criminal activity. Blaine has not ruled on that request.
Jennifer Rowland: No trial date has been scheduled for Rowland, who faces one count of illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business and one count of trafficking in marijuana.
Aaron Crenshaw: Charged with drug trafficking, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal use of food stamps, Crenshaw also was in Blaine’s courtroom Tuesday for a scheduling conference. That hearing was continued until Dec. 12.